Northern Lao - European
Cave Project 


Welcome to the Northern Lao - European Cave Project !

We are a team of European cavers that explored caves in Northern Laos from the year 2000 until 2015. Cavers of many nations helped documenting the karst and caves in the Northern provinces. We had a succesful cooperation with local authorities and development projects for promoting cave eco-tourism as part of conservation and contribution to the local economy.

We documented in total around 365 caves with 140 km of cave passages. The results are made availabe by the publication of 6 books and talks at many conferences. We also maintain a database with karst objects.

Since 2015 we faced severe problems for obtaining government permissions. Situations occured were issued permission were revoked on short notice or locally not accepted. Therefore our focus shifted to the neighboring countries of Myanmar and Cambodia. We are happy assisting any organisation interested in the beautiful karst of the Lao PDR with our data. Please contact us!

Latest News:  
February The Laos expedition 2015 is back. See for the report at:  Laos 2015
  Group 2015
February The 2014 team returned from a sucessfull expedition with 13.3 km of surveyed caves in Sam Neua and close to the Vietnam border at Phon Thong. Further potential is confirmed west of Sam Neua region.

  Team 2014Team Phon Thong
July Three presentations and one poster have been given  at the International Congress of Speleology 2013 in Brno. Also our 5th BHB book was published on this ocassion. Please visit our article section for the following contributions:
- "10 years of exploration and over 100 km of caves surveyed in Northern Laos"
- "The development of Chom Ong cave as ecotourism destination in Northern Laos"
-  "Biospeleological research in the Lao PDR"
- "Speleological expeditions to the Shan plateau in Myanmar (Burma)"


Last update:  August 2019